What I read today;

2 Corinthians 5; Mark 8; Ezekiel 16-17; Psalm 126; Job 3-4; Numbers 15

Do you ever wonder what kept the Apostle Paul going?  Reading the book of Acts, you see that he suffered incredibly during his three recorded missionary journeys.  In 2 Timothy, his final letter, you can almost hear how tired he is and how ready he is to go home to be with Jesus.

Who would put themselves through that?  What would cause a man who was moving up the fast track in the Jewish religious circles to leave a life of relative ease and spend years proclaiming the Gospel?

2 Corinthians 5 tells us all about why Paul did what he did;

“14 For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. 16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view,[c] we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” NRSV

Paul understood that he was a forgiven child of God.  Paul knew that he had no right to ask for God’s forgiveness, but yet God granted it anyway.  He responded by giving his very life, every remaining drop of blood, sweat, and tears he had, to tell others about the Savior of mankind.

So how do we respond to the message of the Gospel?  What are we doing with the news that God stepped out of heaven to live a life we couldn’t lead and die for each one of us?  With society moving further and further away from Jesus what can we do to point people back to Christ?

Will we step up to the plate or will we stay in the stands watching the game?


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